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Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

Earlier this year, the Italian DPA closed its investigation into WhatsApp sharing data with Facebook. The investigation started in August 2016, after changes to the “terms of service and privacy notice” by WhatsApp.

Those changes were related to the sharing of some information about WhatsApp accounts — such as users’ phone numbers, device information, and “last seen” access — with Facebook for the following purposes: business analysis analytics, system security, and targeted advertising.

Full article: Italian DPA calls for end of Whatsapp/Facebook “data sharing practices” as investigation finalises

LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

LinkedIn has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place.

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner had conducted — and concluded — an investigation of Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, originally prompted by a complaint from a user in 2017, over LinkedIn’s practices regarding people who were not members of the social network.

Full article: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook | TechCrunch

UK police ‘gang matrix’ breached data laws

The Metropolitan police’s list of gang suspects breached data protection laws, potentially causing damage and distress to a disproportionate number of young black men, an investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found.

The list, called the gangs violence matrix, has also been criticised by human rights campaigners, who say it racialises the war on gangs and stigmatises black youngsters.

Source: Met’s ‘gang matrix’ breached data laws, investigation finds

Dutch government report says Microsoft telemetry breaks GDPR

The telemetry data collection mechanism used by Microsoft Office breaks the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Dutch authorities said in a report. Investigators said they’ve identified the “large scale and covert collection of personal data” through Office’s built-in telemetry collection capabilities, which is done without properly informing users.

Full article: Dutch government report says Microsoft Office telemetry collection breaks GDPR | ZDNet

Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes

Facebook and the French government are going to cooperate to look at Facebook’s efforts when it comes to moderation. At the start of 2019, French regulators will launch an informal investigation on algorithm-powered and human moderation. Facebook is willing to cooperate and give unprecedented access to its internal processes.

Full article: Facebook to let French regulators investigate on moderation processes

Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods

Facebook is facing the wrath of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) once again following a complaint made by the UK Information Commissioner Office (ICO) to the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relations to the social media giant’s user targeting tactics.

Facebook has come in for heavy criticism in recent weeks after a number of news reporters portrayed how easy it was to post fake advertisements that appear to be sponsored/funded by real politicians. Other reports included targeting individuals with extremely conservative views and opinions.

Full article: Facebook Facing GDPR Investigation over Audience Targeting Methods – Compliance Junction

ICO publishes report on use of data analytics in political campaigns

UK’s data protection authority ICO has published a report to Parliament that brings the various strands of its investigation up to date. ICO found a disturbing disregard for voters’ personal privacy by players across the political campaigning eco-system — from data companies and data brokers to social media platforms, campaign groups and political parties.

UK Information Commissioner is calling for views for a code of practice covering the use of data in campaigns and elections. It will simplify the rules and give certainty and assurance about using personal data as a legitimate tool in campaigns and elections.

Source: Blog: Information Commissioner’s report brings the ICO’s investigation into the use of data analytics in political campaigns up to date | ICO

EDPB dealing with 162 cross border cases but no fines issued as yet

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has by now 162 cross-border cases on its case register and are under investigation. Some 18,000 breach notifications have been received by the 25 EU DPAs which have issued their statistics, and 15 One Stop Shop procedures have been started at the Board. In addition, there have been 233 procedures relating to Mutual Assistance between the DPAs.

Source: EDPB dealing with 162 cross border cases but no fines issued as yet – Privacy Laws & Business

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